((CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Don/Flickr Most people apologize right after denying that there is anything for them to apologize for, or right after having been caught lying about what they are apologizing for.
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) M Kasahara/Flickr Memo to the sugar industry: It’s over. Shut up. For years, health experts have recommended that people adopt low-fat diets that avoid meat and dairy products and instead emphasize grains, starches and other carbohydrates, but a major new study finds that people who do just the opposite, following a diet low in carbohydrates but with no restrictions on simple or saturated fats, actually lose more weight, and are statistically at less risk of developing heart disease.
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) John C Bullas/Flickr Are you a victim of portion creep? Are your food portions growing?
(CC BY 2.0) Leon Brocard/Flickr The Hippocratic Oath, the original medical maxim, includes the promise “to do no harm.” Unfortunately, there was a day that I broke that promise.
Courtesy National Institutes of Health Most people who have heard of cruciferous vegetables, know that broccoli is one of them, and that’s about it.
Courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epidemiologists, scientists who specialize in halting the the spread of contagious diseases on a large scale, have a formula for estimating the number of people who will, on average, be infected by one person carrying a given viral disease.
(CC BY-NC 2.0) Dave Nelson/Flickr As with most wars, an early casualty is the truth The latest battle in the ongoing War to Slap a Tax on Sugary Beverages has been joined, and I am, if not precisely at ground zero, close enough to hear and view the hostilities.
(CC BY 2.0) simpleinsomnia/Flickr Financial and fitness difficulties have a lot in common. I realized this one day at a friend’s home as she contemplated her next meal.
(CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Neesson Marshall/Flickr Here’s a quick quiz: Which is nutritionally better for you: (a) apple juice, or (b) apple cider?
(CC BY 2.0) JoanneQEscober/Flickr We may be expecting too much of our weight-loss drugs “When are they going to come up with a safe and effective diet pill?
(CC BY-ND 2.0) Helga Weber/Flickr A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) seems to favor the use of waist circumference to alert us to the probably obvious fact that we are fat and therefore unhealthy.
(CC BY-NC 2.0) Presidio of Monterey/Flickr So you’ve been exercising for three months and haven’t lost a pound of excess weight.
(CC BY 2.0) Mike Mozart/Flickr And how much does that even matter? In a recent Lab Notes item, I noted that CVS, the country’s second-largest pharmacy chain, had decided to immediately remove all tobacco products from its nearly 7,700 stores nationwide, a move that it called “the right thing to do for the good of our customers and our company.” The company also announced a corporate name change, to CVS Health.
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) per0ni/Flickr Perhaps you have heard the Jesuit maxim, “Give me a child until he is seven, and I will give you the man”: Our early formative years can determine our later lives.
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Miriam/Flickr Smoothies have a healthy reputation because they contain fresh fruit and first came to commercial prominence via health food stores.
(CC BY-NC 2.0) Dystopos/Flickr Abuse of children is an egregious act, to whose myriad consequences we can now add a greater risk of adult obesity.
It’s back-to-school time again, which for many high schoolers means back to the football or soccer field or the basketball or tennis court or the gym or baseball diamond.
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Steve Rhodes/Flickr I was personally deeply saddened by the untimely death of Joan Rivers.
(CC BY 2.0) Farhad sh/Flickr If you use the exercise equipment provided by health clubs you might wonder about the accuracy of the information that they provide about calories burned.
(CC BY-SA 2.0) Abd allah Foteih/Flickr Have you ever thought about garbage and what happens to it? During my time in medical school in the Northeast, My city’s garbage collector’s union went on strike.